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TFO Pro Portal Now Available

TFO Pro Staffers are key contributors to our sales and marketing efforts. Their influence within the fishing industry has merit. Our goal is to foster and expand relationships we’ve built with professionals who believe in the same values we do. For this reason, we are excited to announce the launch of our online Pro Portal.

As for the first step of the process, our sales and marketing staff and regional sales reps will review your application. In general, our pro program is designed for licensed guides and shop employees, but there are other avenues to join our team.

For more information, check out the Pro Portal, which can be accessed through a link in the bottom footer of our website. From the portal page, you’ll find instructions alongside our pro application.

Joining is a two-part process:

  1. Once you’ve filled out an application, we’ll receive a notification on our end and begin the process of reviewing your status. This process usually takes less than a day, but can occasionally take up to two-to-three business days. We appreciate your patience.
  2. Once you’ve been confirmed, you’ll receive a welcome message via email. Within the email, you’ll find a link to our Pro Portal Shop page, which you can access with your user login.

As a TFO Pro Staff member, please respect the program and the discounts that it offers. Abuse will not be tolerated.

If you have questions about the pro-staff review process, we encourage you to talk to your regional sales representative or to contact our Dallas office at: 214-638-9052.

Pace Qualifies for the Bassmaster Classic, but hopes for a Better 2019

The 2018 Bassmaster Elite series is nearly over. For Cliff Pace, it’s time to take inventory of the season, what went right, what went wrong and what could have been.

Bottom line: There were some good tournaments, just not enough of them.

“I had some bumps in the road,” Pace said during a phone interview from his Petal, Miss. home earlier this week. “I didn’t have the year I wanted to have. I definitely fell short (of my expectations).”

The TFO advisor logged two top 10 finishes, but clearly left the water wanting more. Even though Pace didn’t string together enough quality catches to win an event, he did grind out enough placements to finish 26th  (out of a field of 110) in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, which propelled him to a coveted spot in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic, an affair that’s considered the Super Bowl of competitive bass fishing.

Fifty of the world’s premier anglers will gather in Knoxville, Tenn. next March to compete for $1 million in prize money. The winner of the 2019 Classic earns $300,000.

Pace won the 2013 Classic. So far he’s competed in seven Classics. Knoxville will make No. 8.

“That’s something we always look at all year long,” Pace said. “It’s always a goal. To qualify for the Classic is always a big deal. That’s always a goal going in.”

Pace finished a respectable 25th at the Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship last month in Hiawassee, Ga. Other 2018 highlights were a third-place effort at Texas Fest and a seventh-place showing at the Bassmaster Elite/Mississippi River.

His primary weakness, in retrospect, stemmed from a lack of consistency. Competitive anglers often have to make quick decisions during the course of a weekend tournament. If Plan A doesn’t work, what do you for Plan B and equally important, how long do you wait before implementing Plan B?

“The tournaments I did well in the game plan, played out the way I planned it,” said Pace, who helped design TFO’s Pacemaker series. “Where I struggled this year was where I had to scramble. I didn’t scramble very well this year. Same thing happened at Lake Oahe. Same thing at St. Lawrence Seaway.  The good tournaments are easy. Everything goes to plan. The bad ones are the ones that are hard. If I could have scrambled in the tournaments I did bad in and figure out how to get from the back of the pack toward the middle, that would have made a huge difference in the (Angler of the Year) points. To me going into next year, (scrambling) is what I need to work on. Knowing when to throw away (what you saw) in practice and start over and being able to piecemeal together (a solid tournament) is something we all face as fishermen.

“Every day we fish, there are always changing conditions. I have to be able to put two and two together faster and get something going; it’s critical to the success of the tournament fisherman. I had some opportunities to accomplish that this year and I didn’t.”

With several months before the start of the 2019 Bassmaster Elite season, Pace, 38, will use the downtime to recharge, get organized, wrap up some off-water commitments and maybe find a little time to hunt.

“At the end of the season, my tackle is in disarray and scattered all over,” Pace said. “I need to reorganize my boat and things of that nature. And I like to spend some time away from fishing. I love to archery hunt. I may get some fishing in there, too. I may not always bass fish. We’re close to the gulf here in Mississippi. I love to saltwater fish for fun. I love to catch redfish. That helps with the competitive grind of professional fishing.”

As the months pass and the start of the professional tournament circuit draws closer, Pace will be prepping for what he hopes will be a more productive 2019.

“Any new equipment I’m going to fish with, I like to get that in my hands as soon as possible and fish with it,” Pace said. “I want to be ready and satisfied with everything. Also, it’s a time to work on something that I’m struggling with, a technique or whatever. That’s pretty what I like to do. Sometimes I’ll travel to a body of water that I know is on the schedule next year to familiarize myself with it.”

Axiom II Switch: IFTD 2018 “Best in Show” Winner

Temple Fork Outfitters has strengthened its reputation as the leading manufacturer of fly rods by winning the Best New 2-Handed/Spey rod, award at the world’s largest fly fishing tackle trade show, IFTD.

The Axiom II Switch rod took home first place at the 2018 show in Orlando, Fla.

The Axiom II Switch Rod is engineered for two-hand anglers requiring optimal performance across a range of fishing techniques from a single rod. Because line weight distribution is different between “swinging flies,” “indicator fishing,” and “throwing lead,” optimizing a two-hand rod for all three techniques was previously impossible. Now, by combining TFO’s highest modulus materials and our proprietary Kevlar application with actions inspired by our industry-leading Deer Creek series, Axiom II breaks the code delivering the super-wide grain windows necessary for a truly exceptional multi- technique two-handed rod.

The primary goal of a switch rod is to allow the caster the ability to achieve maximum targeted forward distance with the least amount of expended energy, while maintaining a functional rod length for line management and fish fighting.

An evolution from our wildly successful Deer Creek Series, the Axiom II switch family is engineered to fit the angler and the scenario, (not the other way around). The Axiom II switch rod offers the optimization of the benefits of two-handed or spey style casting, but with a shorter lever, (to accommodate medium sized water, or tight-quarters fishing out of a boat).

The Axiom II Switch rod remains true to TFO’s commitment of matching price to performance. The Axiom II Switch series include rod socks and are packaged in a hard nylon lined rod tube and retails for $399.95.

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO): TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, lakes and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork. For more information, please visit: www.tforods.com

Temple Fork Outfitters
Dallas, TX 75247

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Download a PDF version of this press release here.

A Tip of the Hat to Anglers and Their Mothers

When the issue of women in fishing is brought up, the name Joan Wulff usually springs to mind. After all, she’s one of the premier fly casters and anglers — male or female — in the world, but here’s the thing that many of us gloss over when pondering women in fishing.

Every angler — male or female – has a mother who had a hand in raising them. So with Mother’s Day less than a week away, we decided to dedicate a blog post to mom. I asked a handful of TFO staffers and advisors to contribute a memory or two of mother.

Any memories of mom you’d like to share, please let us know. Enjoy.


Rick Pope, TFO Chairman
:

“My mother, Bettie, turns 86 on May 26. (She) is still active on the family ranch in the Texas Hill Country northwest of Austin. The first (main) photo is of her mother, Joyce and my daughter, Callan. Mom is on the right. The second (below) is of her with a rattler she shot a couple of weeks ago.  She hates rattle snakes and pigs – shoots both with a vengeance. She is the best mother in the world and that fact has been confirmed by the many members of our TFO family who have met her.”

Not a good day to be a Rattler in Texas. Photo courtesy of Rick Pope


Captain Jake Jordan, TFO Advisor 

“This picture (below) is of my mother, Ann Jordan, and I at her 100th birthday party. She was healthy until late in 2012 and passed away at 102. Mom lived with me for the last six years of her life, which were the best six years of my life. Mom ran a marina in Somers Point, N.J. with my dad from 1950 until 1975 when they sold the marina and retired. She was the sweetest, kindest person that I ever knew, I miss her terribly, and think of her every day, I was truly blessed to have her as my Mother. Happy Mother’s Day, I love you.”

Jake Jordan and his mom celebrate. Photo courtesy of Jake Jordan


Wanda Taylor
,
 TFO Advisor

My mom has always been my inspiration. She put herself through school while raising me and my sis. Rode her own Harley. Received her pilot’s license at (age) 50. Won senior women marathons in three countries. Is a great golfer and fly angler. Most of all she is an elegant woman of faith, love and courage. She is the matriarch of Hairville. When I grow up, I aspire to be her. Gigi Hair Reyes, my mother of the year!”

Wanda and her mom on the flats. Photo courtesy of Wanda Taylor


Collins Illich, Vice President/Bass Category Manager of TFO

“This is an epic Mother’s Day fishing story. In 1994, I was a freshman in high school and my parents had recognized that I was really, really serious about this fishing stuff. I did a bunch of work around the house, and in exchange my mom was going to buy me my first real fly rod, an Orvis 5-weight two-piece. She’s picking me up from school. I’ve always been a terrible student. I love to read. I’m intellectually curious, but I’m a (lousy) student. I was bored in class. My bother is a PHD, JD. My sister’s a judge. I’m the black sheep. My mom being a teacher, (my parents) did a lot of things to really encourage my education. Not succeeding is all my fault, but she’s picking me up from school and taking me to the Orvis store to pick up a fly rod I’ve been casting for like three, four weeks. I had been trying to decide between three or four of them. It’s all predicated on my finishing a reading-comprehension test. Once I get finished with that test, I get to go. The test, believe it or not, only took about three minutes. I called my mom. I got to go. I got to buy my first fly rod. And I got like a 35 on the test. (Laughing), it was the worst plan ever to get me to take school seriously. I spent zero time on the test. I think it’s an awesome story. The results of the test came post-rod purchase. I called her and reminded her about the story (the other day). As a sweet retired school teacher would, she asked if I still had the rod. No, I gave that rod away a few years ago. Thank you for encouraging what was really important to me, mom.”

Collins with his mom, the school teacher. Photo courtesy of Collins Illich

TFO Announces Partnership with Outtech, Inc.

Temple Fork Outfitters is pleased to announce that it has signed Outtech, Inc. as its national sales agency for conventional fishing products. Effective June 1st, Outtech will begin promoting and representing TFO’s conventional line of fishing rods across all sales channels. This new partnership is a strategic initiative designed to significantly expand the sale and brand awareness of TFO’s conventional product line.

“The breadth and depth of the Outtech team is unsurpassed in the outdoor space. They bring a proven sales leadership advantage to TFO that made them the logical choice as we work toward achieving our business goals. As we’ve grown beyond our roots in the fly fishing industry, it has become imperative to find a sales team on the conventional side of the business that is capable of executing across our mix of great independent deals, distributors, and national box stores. We’re committed to conducting business with honesty and integrity, and always with the success of TFO dealers first and foremost in our minds; Outtech’s guiding principles are the same and we’re confident that this new partnership will demonstrate these shared core values,” said Frank-Paul King, President of Temple Fork Outfitters.

“Outtech is proud to announce its alliance with Temple Fork Outfitters and the opportunity to support its growth in the conventional fishing segment of the industry. Outtech is focused on expanding its representation of quality fishing brands and TFO is the perfect partner with whom to make a significant impact; their incredible rods and brand make TFO an outstanding fit for the Outtech team,” said Jay Scholes, President of Outtech.

About Outtech, Inc.: Established in 1989, Outtech, Inc. is one of the largest sales and marketing organizations in the outdoor industry. With more than 25 years of experience, Outtech is dedicated to providing sales representation to some of the leading brands in the outdoors and is built on a team of over 80 industry specialists spread across multiple divisions focused on all sales channels. For more information, please visit: www.outtech-online.com

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO): TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, lakes and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork. For more information, please visit: www.tforods.com

Temple Fork Outfitters
Dallas, TX 75247

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instagram.com/templeforkoutfitters
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Download a PDF version of this press release here.

A Note from the Kreh Family

Dear friends,

I am sorry to relay sad information to all of you.

Bernard Victor Kreh “Lefty” passed away today  in the presence of his family. He passed without pain. He told us multiple times during the worsening of his illness how lucky he was to have so many friends. During these last few weeks he was so sick and without energy that he was unable to respond to any emails and the many phone messages left for him. I can say this was a-great comfort to him.

There will be a celebration of his life in the upcoming weeks. We will update you when plans are made. 

Lefty would want us to celebrate life and not mourn him.

Tight Lines, best wishes,

The Kreh Family

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to:
Greater Baltimore Medical Center / Gilchrist hospice in honor of Lefty Kreh

Mail to: GBMC Philanthropy, 6701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21204
or contribute online at: https://www.gbmc.org/donate (Under “Designation” choose “Other.” Then in the next field, type: “Lefty Kreh Memorial”)
or call: 443-849-3303.  

TFO Proudly Introduces the Traveler Rod Series

Traveling with fishing rods has always been a challenge for anglers and finding a quality multi-piece conventional rod with the effortless action of your favorite one-piece rod has been impossible. TFO solves the globe-trotting angler’s dilemma with the Traveler Series. This series of seven-foot, 3-piece spinning and casting rods mirror the look and feel of the legendary Tactical family of fishing rods. 20 years of engineering some of the lightest high-performance, multi-piece fly rods on the market was the perfect preparation for developing a conventional line of rods to meet the needs of any angler. And none other than Larry Dahlberg, one the greatest world-traveling anglers of all time, made sure we designed nothing less than the best.

The Traveler Series are crafted through a combination of IM carbon fiber and a proprietary light weight scrim. By use of a precision CNC sanding process, the re-enforced ferrules are fitted to 1/10,000 of an inch, creating a snug and seamless fit. The result is an incredibly light and sensitive, fast-action high-performance fishing tool. Handsomely finished, the non-glare sky blue blanks are fitted with premium cork grips, TFO’s exclusive skeletal reel seats and topped with Fuji’s new Fazlite Corrosion Control K-Frame guides, making them safe for either fresh or saltwater environments.

Designed for the adventurer in all of us, the Traveler Series remains true to TFO’s commitment of matching price to performance. Traveler rods include rod socks and are packaged in an airline overhead friendly, 32” hard nylon lined rod tube and retails for $199.95

https://www.tforods.com/traveler-rods/

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO):

TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork.

Temple Fork Outfitters
Dallas, TX 75247

facebook.com/templeforkoutfitters
instagram.com/templeforkoutfitters
twitter.com/tforods

Download a PDF version of this press release here.

Bruce Richards

Bruce Richards Joins the TFO National Advisory Staff

Temple Fork is excited to announce Bruce Richards has joined fly fishing luminaries Lefty Kreh, Larry Dahlberg, Gary Loomis, Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Flip Pallot, Blane Chocklett, Rob Fordyce, Nick Curcione, Jake Jordan, Bob Popovics, Wanda Taylor, Gary Dubiel, and Jason Randall as a TFO National Advisor.

Rick Pope, Founder and Chairman said, “Bruce offers a rare combination as one of the top fly casters and instructors in the world, as well as an expert in the design and manufacturing of fly lines. He is the perfect partner to demystify for our anglers the mess in fly line weights.”

Named “Angler of the Year” by Fly Rod & Reel magazine, Bruce began his career with Scientific Anglers four decades ago. During that time he served on the Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fishers, the board of American Fly Fishing Trade Association, and the board of the Madison River Foundation. He is the author of Modern Fly Lines and has written numerous magazine articles on fly fishing, casting, and the materials, design and manufacturing of fly lines. However, his passion to this day continues to be fly fishing education having taught it for over 30 years. Teaching and fishing have taken him to Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South and Central America, the Bahamas, and most American states. Intent on growing the number of fly anglers, Bruce is fishing, writing and teaching in Montana.

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO):

TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork.

Download a PDF version of this press release here.

Drift Rod Press Release

TFO Proudly Introduces the Drift — the Definitive Nymph Fly Rod

Fly anglers have evolved nymph fishing to a level requiring a rod uniquely able to meet the competitive demands of tight-line tactics such as Czech, Polish and French styles. In response, TFO Advisor Jason Randall designed the Drift – engineered to be the definitive nymph fly rod by combining a perfectly balanced light-to-the-hand feel with ultra-sensitivity and brilliant situational versatility.

Through the combination of TFO technology and angler-driven design, the Drift is light in overall weight, fast dampening and well balanced. The Drift matches extremely high-modulus carbon fiber blank construction with a down-locking reel seat and a removable weighted and tunable fighting butt. The tip is ultra-sensitive allowing anglers to distinguish between a subtle take and a bottom tick with a soft tipped action that protects the very light tippets needed to sustain a competitive drift while remaining invisible. Presentation is key to successful tight-line nymph fishing and rod length can be critical to keeping multiple flies in the strike zone. For this reason, the Drift can be fished as a traditional 9’ 4-piece 3-weight, or effortlessly converts to 10’, 11’ 3” or, amazingly, 12’ 3”. And patented stripping guides allow the Drift to be lengthened by one or more additional sections without ever unstringing line, leader or flies. Rod length can be changed on the water in a matter of seconds and the rod perfectly presents leader-only tuck casts with accuracy and ease – at any rod length. The Drift also accommodates a 3” lower cork grip that replaces the weighted fighting butt – perfect for the new micro spey lines and techniques.

Designed as the definitive nymph fly fishing rod, the Drift (TFO 390-6D) remains true to TFO’s commitment of delivering superior performance at an attractive price. The rod, including a full set of rod and butt section options, comes packaged in an aluminum rectangular rod case and retails for $399.95.

https://tforods.com/drift-fly-rods/

About Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO):

TFO assembled the world’s most accomplished, crafty anglers to design a complete line of fishing rods priced to bring more anglers into the sport. Because we believe that anyone who has the fishing bug as bad as we do deserves the highest performance equipment available to take their game to the next level. And in our experience, when we get people connecting with fish, they connect with nature. And they join us in our mission of keeping our rivers, streams, and oceans in good shape for the next generation. There’s a new breed of anglers out there. They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re socially conscious. And they’re fishing Temple Fork.

Temple Fork Outfitters
Dallas, TX 75247

facebook.com/templeforkoutfitters
instagram.com/templeforkoutfitters
twitter.com/tforods

Download a PDF version of this press release here.

Jim Shulin and his daughter with the Bug Launcher.

How to Get Kids Started in Fishing

The town of Suwanee, Fla. has a gas station, two restaurants, two marinas, one grocery store and one stoplight.

You won’t find a Wal-Mart or a condo anywhere in sight, which is unusual on either coast of Florida. There’s one road in, one road out, a winding route that cuts through forests of pine and hardwood. You don’t stumble upon Suwannee. You’re there for a reason.

It’s a fishing hamlet off the Nature Coast of Florida, nothing more. It’s where I first learned to fish more than 40 years ago. There were bass in the river and reds and seatrout on the flats.

Although the muddy water doesn’t jell with my passion for sight fishing, I returned to Suwanee a few times this past summer, not to fish, but to reflect on my boyhood.

There was the time that a huge catfish, the highlight of the year for a first-grader, stuck its dorsal fin through my palm; or the time that I battled what I thought was a giant bass only to learn it was a gar.

The older I get, the more I treasure those memories. If I don’t have any children, but if I did, I would certainly introduce them to fishing, not because I love it, but because there are so many lessons to be learned from time on the water.

Below are a couple tidbits should make the experience more enjoyable for the child and adult.

Keep it simple

The rod and reel need not be complicated. I started with a little closed-faced Zebco and a tiny fiberglass rod that my grandfather had cut down to size for my small hands. I didn’t get an open-faced reel until I was much older, so the tangles from backlash were kept to a minimum.

Kids want action; they don’t have enough of an attention span to sort through a bird’s nest of mono. A simple combo rod and reel will do. TFO’s Trout/Panfish rod, due out later this fall, is a good option for youngsters. It comes in four different sizes as well as one and two-piece setups.

“These rods are light, easier for people to handle,” Jim Shulin, TFO’s Director of Sales/Conventional, said. “It allows the little fish to show off, too. It’s not just for kids, by the way. There are no inserts to break, so it’s very durable. They’re very responsive, really nice rods.”

Make It Fun

No trips at the crack of dawn.  Keep things short and manageable. I may want to fish hard all day after a long week at the office, but a kid may want to go home after an hour or two. So, go to a public park with a stocked pond. If the fishing slows to crawl, hit the swings or the monkey bars. You’re there for your child, not the other way around.

I, for instance, love fly fishing. However, I would not force that on a first-time youngster. I would grab a bobber, hook, small split shot and a carton of earthworms.  You can look for the worms in the yard before you go. Incorporate basic science to complement the search.  Let them root around the mulch, so they feel as if they’re a part of the process. Teamwork is important.

Be Patient

Kids are a work in progress. What they may be interested in one day may not be what they’re interested in the next. Fishing interested me until I got to high school. Sports, girls and the need for a social life then took priority. That trend continued through college.  A few years after graduation, a fly fisherman from work took me to a Virginia spring creek. From that point, I was addicted. Truth is, my love for fishing never waned, but personal growth does not follow a linear path. Parents need to understand that there will be peaks and valleys.

Lessons Learned

With fishing, you read the water and conditions. You plan and you plot, but even after all that strategy, we really never can control the outcome. It’s the perfect exercise for problem solving. That, for me, was an invaluable skill to acquire.

Others learn to appreciate different attributes. A love for nature, the thrill of the chase and the sheer solitude come to mind. Fishing is a great teacher. The earlier you become a student, the better. Play it forward. Another generation awaits.